Monday, April 6th, 2015


I wrote this for my leadership blog today but want to do a personal reminder to all of us as we spend our more and more “precious” time.  We often ignore the partner ‘no’ to our ‘yes’. You’ll know it’s there when you are less engaged than you want to be in your action and when you are irritated by what you are doing. Being half-assed is pure waste  because it avoids the clean ‘yes’/’no’ sharp edge and demand–no big benefit, no big pain.  
This is true like a law of physics.

The laws of ‘yes’ and ‘no’:

l. A ‘yes’ always has a partner that is ‘no’.

2. The bigger the ‘yes’, the bigger the ‘no’.

3. Too many times the partner is invisible.

4. The hidden ‘yes’ and ‘no’ can be a very bad surprise.

5. It’s important to make the invisible partner to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ visible

6. The ‘yes’/’no’ is not simply a trade-off.

7. The shadow of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ is a given, never goes away. 

8. When a decision is painful and avoided, look for the hidden ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Make it conscious and specific.


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